Honesty in policy

12th November 2010 at 00:00

Primary headteachers and deputes have backed a motion calling for councils to be more "honest" about what schools can achieve in "the current climate of savings and cutbacks".

Ann McIntosh, head of Balfron Primary in Stirling, said local authorities were sending out the message that schools could "do more with less"; that was "not honest".

Ms McIntosh also wanted greater honesty about the impact of the Additional Support for Learning Act, which she said was driving school agendas, eating up time and affecting the ability of heads to "take forward the big picture".

Last year, AHDS backed a motion calling for the Scottish Government to "explore and address" the challenges faced by schools in meeting the needs of pupils with social and emotional difficulties while developing curricular and learning initiatives.

AHDS wants a maximum class size of 30 at all stages, but with a teacher- pupil ratio of 1:24 (an individual pupil with additional support needs should be counted as four for the purposes of the ratio); headteachers should then have the flexibility to distribute teachers across the school as he or she sees fit.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today